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Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Jules Joseph Lefebvre.
Jules Lefebvre in his studio.

Jules Joseph Lefebvre (French: ) (14 March 1834 – 24 February 1912) was a French figure painter, educator and theorist.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Significant milestones 3
  • Selected works 4
  • Undated works 5
  • Pupils 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Lefebvre was born in Tournan-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne, on 14 March 1834.[1] He entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1852 and was a pupil of Léon Cogniet.


He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1861. Between 1855 and 1898, he exhibited 72 portraits in the Paris Salon. In 1891, he became a member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

He was William Hart, Walter Lofthouse Dean, and Edmund C. Tarbell, who became an American Impressionist painter.[5]

Many of his paintings are single figures of beautiful women. Among his best portraits were those of M. L. Reynaud and the Prince Imperial (1874).[3]

Lefebvre died in Paris on 24 February 1912.[1]

Significant milestones

Selected works

Jules Lefebvre: Vittoria Colonna, (1861)
Clémence Isaure
Graziella, 1878 (depicting the protagonist of Alphonse de Lamartine's novel Graziella)

Undated works


Lefebvre's students included:


  1. ^ a b "Art Renewal Center Museum™ Artist Information for Jules Joseph Lefebvre". Art Renewal Center. 
  2. ^ Collier, Peter; Lethbridge, Robert (1994). Artistic Relations: Literature and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-century France. London: Yale University Press. p. 50.  
  3. ^ a b Oxford Art Online, "Lefebvre, Jules"
  4. ^
  5. ^ Kathleen Luhrs American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1980 "...... on to Paris and studied for a year at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre."

External links

  • TheARTwerx – Lefebvre Gallery Comprehensive archive of 141 images
  • 42 images by Jules Joseph Lefebvre
  • Art Renewal Centre – Lefebvre Gallery
  • Paintingiant art--Jules Joseph Lefebvre
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